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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Kings 12:1-3

The general account here given of Joash is, 1. That he reigned forty years. As he began his reign when he was very young, he might, in the course of nature, have continued much longer, for he was cut off when he was but forty-seven years old, 2 Kgs. 12:1. 2. That he did that which was right as long as Jehoiada lived to instruct him, 2 Kgs. 12:2. Many young men have come too soon to an estate?have had wealth, and power, and liberty, before they knew how to use them?and it has been of bad... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 12:1

In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign ,.... So that he reigned twenty one or twenty two years contemporary with Jehu's reign, for Jehu reigned twenty eight years: and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem ; the same number of years David and Solomon reigned: and his mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba ; a city in the tribe of Simeon, in the extreme part of the land of Canaan southward; her name in the Chaldee dialect is Tabitha, the same with Dorcas in Greek, Acts 9:36 ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 12:1

In the seventh year of Jehu. Athaliah began to reign very soon after the accession of Jehu ( 2 Kings 11:1 ), and reigned six full years ( 2 Kings 12:3 ). The first year of Joash was thus parallel with Jehu's seventh. Jehoash —or Joash , as he is called sometimes in Kings ( 2 Kings 11:2 ; 2 Kings 13:1 , 2 Kings 13:10 ), and always in Chronicles— began to reign; and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem— the writer of Chronicles ( 2 Chronicles 24:1 ) and Josephus ('Ant.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 12:1-3

The writer of Kings is extremely brief and incomplete in his account of the reign of Joash. He seems to have had a great tenderness for him, and to have determined that he would put on record nothing to his discredit. We have to go to Chronicles ( 2 Chronicles 24:1-27 .) for a complete account, and for an estimate of the real character of the king and of his reign. Both writers appear to have drawn from the same original document, but the writer of Kings made large omissions from it. In a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 12:1-3

The influence of a wise counselor. "Joash did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him." I. MUCH DEPENDS UPON THE CHARACTER OF THE SOVEREIGN . Compare England under the Stuarts with England under Cromwell or Queen Victoria. An impure and licentious court demoralizes a whole nation. A pure court is a standing rebuke to iniquity in high places. We have much need to pray "for kings, and for all that are in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 12:1-3

A mixed character. The reign of Joash began with bright hopes, showed for a while excellent promise, yet ended ingloriously. To explain this we may consider— I. JOASH 'S ADVANTAGES . 1. He had a pious education . As a child he was brought up by his aunt Jehosheba, who, with her husband the high priest, would instill into his mind the principles of true godliness. In his strict seclusion he was kept free from sights of vice. Like Timothy, he would be taught from a child to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 12:1-21

THE REIGN OF JOASH . THE REPAIR OF THE TEMPLE . WAR OF JOASH WITH HAZAEL , AND HIS DEATH BY A CONSPIRACY . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 12:1-21

The history of Joash. "In the seventh year," etc. The whole story of Joash is soon told. He was a son of Ahaziah, and the only one of his children who escaped the murderous policy of Athaliah. "It would seem that this child, whom the pity and affection of a pious aunt (Jehosheba) had preserved, was the only surviving male representative of the line of Solomon. Jehoram, his grandfather, who married Athaliah, in order to strengthen his position on the throne, slew all his brethren, and all his... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 12:1-21

True worship restored in Judah (12:1-21)Under the influence of Jehoiada, Joash encouraged the worship of Yahweh (12:1-3). But his project for repairing the temple (damaged by Athaliah and her followers; 2 Chronicles 24:7) was hindered by the priests. They lacked enthusiasm and were inefficient, and possibly dishonest, in handling the finances (4-8). Joash therefore separated the funds for the priests’ personal use from the funds for the temple repairs, and placed the latter under the... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - 2 Kings 12:1

THE REIGN OF JOASH: SOLOMON'S TEMPLE REPAIREDA full century had passed since the death of Solomon. Rehoboam reigned for 17 years (1 Kings 14:21); Abijah reigned for 3 years (1 Kings 15:2); Asa reigned for 41 years (1 Kings 15:10); Jehoshaphat reigned for 25 years (1 Kings 22:42); Jehoram reigned for 8 years (2 Kings 8:17); Ahaziah reigned for 1 year (2 Kings 8:25-26);p and the usurper, Athaliah, reigned for 6 years (2 Kings 11:1-3) - a total of 101 years. Furthermore, the repair of the breaches... read more

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